Lab Alumni


Stejara Dinulescu is currently completing her Senior year at Southern Methodist University, pursuing a BS in Psychology, a BA in Creative Computation, BA in Studio Art and a minor in Neuroscience. She is passionate about research and has had previous experience working in a pharmacology lab and a neuroscience lab at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her main interests involve learning about how biological processes influence behavior.

Page Hurley was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, just 20 minutes away from the beautiful Lake Tahoe, and loves to hike. She is now a Senior at SMU after transferring from the University of Nevada, Reno between her freshman and sophomore year, and is graduating in May 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology with distinction, a B.S. in Biological Sciences, a B.A. in Chemistry, and a minor in Neuroscience. She currently works not only in the SCN lab but in the Family Health and Development Lab as well. She is currently applying to PhD programs Behavioral Neuroscience and hopes to specialize in psychoneuroimmunology as it relates to mood disorders.

Aisha Ahmed was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. Currently a Junior at Southern Methodist University, she is majoring in history and biology on the Pre-Med Track. Aisha has always been fascinated in neuroscience, and working at the SCN Lab is her way of learning more about the field. Always interested in traveling, she hopes to become a doctor and work with Doctors Without Borders to make a difference in the world.


Carsten Pedersen is currently self-employed after having previously completed his MBA at SMU. He studied petroleum engineering at Texas A&M University and looks forward to rounding out his formal education with a PhD in psychology, where he is primarily interested in heuristics/biases as they apply to decision-making and the relationship between general cognitive ability and interpersonal sensitivity.


Elena Skaribas was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is currently a senior at SMU and plans to graduate with a B.A. in psychology and a B.A. in biology. She is a former member of the SMU women’s swimming and diving team and is applying to medical school for the 2020 cycle. During the summer of 2018, she researched abroad at the University of Glasgow where she conducted a study comparing Inter-subject Correlation Analysis techniques used for comparing and studying fMRI data as well as comparing Inter-subject Correlation between typically developed individuals and individuals with autism spectrum disorder during biological motion perception tasks.